Field Medical Training Battalion - West
CAPT William J. Plummer

CAPT Plummer is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver, where he earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Human Resources Management, a Master of Business Administration, as well as, a Master of Science in Health Care Administration.  He also holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.  

While aboard the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) LT Plummer served as the Department Head for Manpower Management where he was a key player in NNMC's transition from traditional independently functioning departments to fully integrated Health Care Delivery Service Lines.

LT Plummer qualified as a Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer aboard USS WASP (LHD-1).  Additionally, he qualified and served as LCAC DEBARK Control Officer, Conning Officer, Combat Information Center Watch Officer, Force Protection Action Officer, Force Protection Training Team member, Damage Control Training Team member, Gun Control Officer as well as completed WASP's Surface Warfare Officer Engineering Program.  These actions assisted WASP in achieving TSTA scores of “Level A” for DCTT, “Level B” for Repair Lockers, “Effective” for Main Space Fire Drill, passing ATFP Phase I & II as well as the success of ESG 2 and 22MEU during ESGEX, SOCEX, and the Adriatic PHIBLEX.

Following his tour aboard WASP, he reported to 1st Medical Battalion, where he served as Operations Officer (S-3), Charlie Company Commander, and the Battalion’s Administration Officer (S-1); as well as earned his Fleet Marine Force warfare qualification.  In these roles he was instrumental in ensuring the command achieved and sustained prescribed readiness levels, generated wartime critical personnel and materiel supportability estimates for the Commanding Officer, managed the Battalion’s  Status of Resources and Training System reporting, ensured personnel and equipment assets/capabilities being attached to combats units I MEF wide and deploying ISO OIF, were able to fully and adeptly execute their Mission Essential Tasks and the Battalion passed all elements of its Commanding General’s Inspection Program assessments.  

While stationed at COMUSNAVCENT (CUSNC) LCDR Plummer, in conjunction with his duties as Medical Planner, served as the as Global Force Management (GFM) Cell Deputy and, subsequently, GFM Cell Lead.  In doing so he participated in counter-piracy and counter-terrorism planning evolutions, assisted in the development of CUSNC’s force re-baseline efforts, managed all CUSNC force tracking numbers (FTNs), responded to inquiries from CENTCOM J33 and the Joint Staff, and briefed CUSNC’s FY09 GFM requirements to CENTCOM GOFO leadership.  These actions ensured NAVCENT possessed the forces and capabilities needed to successfully execute all missions associated with its lines of operations; to include the expansion of surgical capacity at sea and the deployment of the first Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System (ERSS) to the NAVCENT area of operations.    

During his assignment at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery he was Deputy Director, M-3/5 Contingency Support.  In this role he led the Contingency Support team in sourcing over 100 enduring missions, comprised of over 2,700 Navy Medicine personnel.  These sourcing requirements supported OIF, OEF, Geographic Combatant Commander (GCC) theater security cooperation engagements, ad-hoc wartime operations, and various other scheduled deployments across the globe.  In conjunction with this, he completed all BSO-18 GFM sourcing evaluations detailing whether U.S. Navy medical forces, given inventory quantities/community statuses, could support proposed missions across all GCC areas of responsibility (AORs).  He also briefed and advised Navy Medicine’s top leadership regarding BSO-18 force provider requirements.

Shortly after earning a Masters of Arts from the United States Naval War College, LCDR Plummer transferred to I MEF.   During his tour he was promoted to CDR and served as the Deputy Surgeon and Lead Medical Planner; charged with creating medical support plans for I MEF missions and exercises spanning the range of military operations.  Additionally, during his tour, CDR Plummer deployed to Camp Leatherneck, Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he served as the Deputy Surgeon, Lead Medical Planner, and, the Surgeon for Regional Command South West (RC(SW)).  In these roles he liaised with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) medical leadership, represented RC(SW) at the ISAF Multinational Medical Management Steering Group, and led U.S./ UK medical planning evolutions in support of various regional operations; to include support provided by coalition forces during the Afghan elections.  These actions ensured RC(SW) possessed the flexibility and medical support necessary to respond to any crisis, unity of effort and full integration between tactical and operational medical plans (to include the exit from Helmand Province by coalition forces), while bolstering a comprehensive healthcare network in one of Afghanistan's most kinetic regions. 

During his tour at I MEF, CDR Plummer was selected as Executive Officer, Field Medical Training Battalion-West (FMTB-W).  While aboard FMTB-W he skillfully managed over $12 million in budgets-equipment-training space, directed $2.25 million in campus renovations, and led/mentored a staff of 41 personnel.  His actions resulted in 1,100 Navy Medical Department personnel receiving top quality training, a 96% graduation rate for the Battalion, FMTB-W meeting or exceeding all prescribed benchmarks, and the transitioning of the Commanding General's strategic vision into results that positioned FMTB-W as a training Center of Excellence for US Navy Corpsmen serving in the Fleet Marine Force.

Following his time at FMTB-W, CDR Plummer was selected to be and served as the Deputy, Fleet Surgeon and Medical Planning Cell lead for U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF)/U.S. Naval Forces Northern Command (NAVNORTH).  In these roles he represented the Fleet and Navy Medicine equities during key initiatives aimed at modernizing expeditionary medical platforms, supported the planning and execution of NAVNORTH Defense In Support of Civil Authority response efforts, the modernization of various Fleet Authorized Medical Allowance Lists (AMAL), and assisted Navy Medicine in ascertaining optimal AMAL configurations across various Health Services Support (HSS) capabilities, IOT maximize lifesaving capability while minimizing logistical tails.  Additionally, he provided critical review of and inputs to various strategic level documents and responses to entities ranging from OPNAV to Congressional Committees; resultant were actions that shaped Navy's investments in future HSS force development/generation, and the increased efficacy and service interoperability of current and next generation USN HSS capabilities in support of the warfighter.

CAPT Plummer has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various campaign and unit awards.